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University of St Andrews: Enhancement-led institutional review

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
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University of St Andrews - MARCH 2006 - Enhancement-led institutional review University of St Andrews MARCH 2006 Enhancement-led institutional review Preface The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) exists to safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education (HE) qualifications and to encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of HE. To do this, QAA carries out reviews of individual higher education institutions (HEIs) (universities and colleges of HE). In Scotland this process is known as Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR). The Agency operates equivalent but separate processes in Wales, England and Northern Ireland. Enhancement-led approach Over the period 2001 to 2003, QAA, the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, Universities Scotland and representatives of the student body worked closely together on the development of the enhancement-led approach to quality in Scottish HE. This approach, which was implemented in academic year 2003-04, has five main elements: ? a comprehensive programme of review at the subject level, managed by the institutions ? improved forms of public information about quality, based on addressing the different needs of the users of that information including students and employers ? a greater voice for student representatives in institutional quality systems, supported by a national development service (known as the student participation in quality scotland - sparqs - service); ? a national programme of enhancement themes, aimed at developing and sharing good practice in learning and teaching in HE ? ELIR involving all of the Scottish HEIs over a four-year period, from 2003-04 to 2006-07. The ELIR method embraces a focus on: the strategic management of enhancement; the effectiveness of student learning; and student, employer and international perspectives. QAA believes that this approach is distinctive in a number of respects: its balance between quality assurance and enha

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